I wanted to try somewhere I had never been before for a Valentine's Day dinner. My boyfriend and I opted to go the day after Valentine's day because babysitting is easier to find and it is less crowded!
I had heard only a few things about Wit and Wisdom and decided it could probably use a solid review from BaltoandBeyond blog!
The valet cost $8. My boyfriend found street parking for a bit less down the road in front of Charleston.
The location is between the Mariott Waterfront and Oceanaire. It is on International Drive.
You'll find the website for the restaurant here.
My boyfriend got to the bar around 5 and said it was empty. By the time I came at around 5:45 it was packed. It was mostly business men (hint hint single ladies). Other than that the restaurant was not very crowded at all.
They had our reservation, and after a drink at the bar, we were quickly shown to our table. I asked for a view of the Harbor, and we got a prime location. As you can see from this photo, I could see the Rusty Scupper across the way, and the Aquarium, part of the stadiums, a great skyline:
Our waiter Donny was awesome. He had a great smile and attitude. Service you would expect from a Four Seasons employee. He joked with us and took his time with us. He was wonderful.
The menu is a bit ecclectic....for those who know me, I am a picky eater so my choices were limited...but I find that issue at a lot of high end restaurants.
One item is always a go to for me: the CRABCAKE.
So I went with the Crab Cake. I am very particular about my crabcakes, but this was delicious. I usually get them broiled, but most of their dishes are served in a cast iron skillet - which made for an almost Fried-tasting crust on the cake. The crab meat was good including mostly lump. There was little to no filler - and it was tasty and moist without being slimy and full of unnecessary mayo. I didn't eat the "weird stuff" you see here on my plate - I'm sure others would have loved this stuff - I just went for my typical side dish of Old Bay to pour on top.
My boyfriend got the Bison and said it was amazing. I tasted it and wasn't sure what the fuss was about, but I've never had Bison before so who am I to say. It was moist and not overly flavored. It was cooked just the way he wanted it and he and I both scarfed our dinners up very quickly.
For side dishes we decided to go all out carb-happy and order the hush puppies and the potatoes. The potatoes were delicious. The hush puppies were pretty good, but I wouldn't order again. They didn't have that "deep south bad for you" taste that I have come to know and love from a hush puppy. I think I have yet to find a quality hush puppy in Maryland or north....I challenge people to prove me wrong and let me know where I can find an excellent one.
So now for the kicker....dessert.
I got the Baltimore Bar I believe it was called, which tasted like an explosion of my favorite candy bars wrapped into one -Take 5 and Snickers mixed together.
It looks crazy, but it sure was amazing. It was very Woodberry-Kitchen ish and reminded me of their Cake 5 dessert, which I love. My stomach wasn't pleased with this choice though - I felt pretty full after eating it....I probably should have stopped at dinner, but as a blogger I felt I had to represent.....
My boyfriend got the apple crisp with home made cinnamon ice cream, which he also thoroughly enjoyed but probably wished he stopped at dinner!
There were only two dissappointments with this meal: one, Donny gave us the wrong check for $222. Thank goodness I caught it and he fixed it immediately and apologized. Ours was more along the lines of $140 for the both of us. We paid for our drinks at the bar, so that helped keep the overall dinner cost down.
The other sadness for me, a bread lover - was no bread basket or bread before the meal. I love rolls and bread, so this was a downer for me. Maybe if I had bread I wouldn't have needed dessert - you can see there is a marketing genious here I suppose.....
All in all, I really enjoyed this spot. The decor and ambiance were amazing.
The photo doesn't do the view justice. Go and see it for yourself!